GSHS teens host FBLA conference |

GSHS teens host FBLA conference

Organizing a conference for 440 students and nearly 60 support people is no easy task for high school kids. But when the Glenwood Springs High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America was given the responsibility of hosting the organization’s Western Slope conference in Grand Junction last week, that’s just what they did. And the GSHS team did pretty well, too, with nine members scoring first place in their categories. The conference was organized by FBLA advisor Kathy Whiting and student Zac Parsons, who serves as the vice president for FBLA District 9, which covers nearly all of western Colorado. Team members competed in categories ranging from Web site development to scrapbooking, and were judged by employees of Alpine Bank, Dairy Queen and other companies. Parsons, with Whiting’s help, managed a $12,000 budget for the event, which was held in Grand Junction because its convention center is ideal for a conference the size of FBLA’s, Whiting said. “Zac did all the ground work,” she said.Team members planned their own events for the conference, Whiting said. “Planning for personal events and competing in that, and taking that to a higher level pulls all that classroom training together and really makes it an applied event for the kids.”But despite the leadership and planning skills kids learn in developing a large regional conference, Parsons said the point was simply to get down to business. “It’s a great way to learn about business, and the networking is just amazing,” he said. Participants end up competing against the same people from all over the state frequently, he said. “You can hang out with them, use them as a resource.”He said the team performed well, but no award is given out for the team’s overall performance. Scoring first place were Adam Bosco and Kevin Campbell for Web site development; Manon Jacob, Tiffany Richardson and Morgan Rossow for scrapbooking; Parsons and Aaron Roberts-Gray for emerging business issues; and Hannah Planalp and Megan Waibel for desktop publishing.The team will compete at the state competition in Vail in late April.

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